Jul 30, 2011
Hello doctor, i was with this guy (i'm female)since January, we've always had protected sex...always, but i've given him unprotected oral sex 3 different times.I got tested in may and it was negative but i still get anxious to the point where it's ruining my life. I get dry mouth, heart palpitations, excessive sweating and insomnia. I am still living in fear thinking that i might have caught something although my ex says he is disease free, i still think about this every hour of the day. This ruined our relationship because he thinks i'm crazy and i'm seeing a psychologist who also says it's anxiety. I have not been sexually active since being tested because of my crippling paranoia and worry. What's wrong with me doctor?
Response from Dr. Frascino
You already have stated what's wrong with you: "crippling paranoia and worry." Assuming you took your HIV test outside of the seroconversion window period, your fears are unwarranted and irrational. HIV is not your problem; fear of HIV is! Seeing a psychologist is the right thing to do. Irrational obsession with HIV can be a sign of underlying depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder or hypochondriasis. It may also be a way of avoiding other more complex issues, such as sexuality, guilt, etc.
Your symptoms are anxiety related. Talk to your doctor about trying some anti-anxiety medications.
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